Robert Gutierrez-Perez

Robert Gutierrez-Perez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Robert Gutierrez-Perez is a Southwest borderlands scholar studying performances of power, resistance and agency through the lens culture and communication. Using a variety of critical qualitative research methods, Gutierrez-Perez explores how gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning Chicanos/Xicanos in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico resist multiple systems of oppression through their everyday performances of identity, culture and history. Other research interests include advocacy and civic engagement in higher education, queer intercultural communication, critical performance studies and queer of color critique. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, and in recently published books, including Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking and The Assault on Communities of Color: Exploring the Realities of Race-Based Violence.

Research interests

  • Culture and communication
  • Chicana/o and Latina/o sexuality, gender and culture
  • Critical qualitative research methods
  • Critical communication pedagogy
  • Queer/feminist performance studies
  • Queer of color critique
  • Narrative theory
  • Oral history performance

Courses taught

  • COM 412/612


  • Gutierrez-Perez, R. M. (2015). Brown fingers ran down. In D. B. Goltz & J. Zingsheim (Eds.), Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
  • Gutierrez-Perez, R. M. (2015). Disruptive ambiguities: The potentiality of Jotería critique in communication studies. Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research, 14, 89-99.


  • Ph.D., University of Denver
  • M.A., San Jose State University
  • B.A., San Jose State University
  • A.A., Modesto Junior College